Not long ago I found my 12-year-old daughter sitting on the floor of our living room, crying quietly. Fanned out on either side of her were the seven 'Harry Potter' books, several of them in pieces, rubber-banded together. A poster from the first 'Harry Potter' film lay unrolled at her feet.
"It's almost over," she said, looking up. "The first part of 'Deathly Hallows' comes out in November, and then there's only one after that, and they've already finished making that one, too, and then it's all over.
"I know it's stupid to cry," she said. She wiped her eyes and offered a watery smile. "But 'Harry Potter' is the most awesome thing in the world. I don't want it to end."
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